THE SOUND OF HISTORY. BELGRADE CONFLUENCE

The interdisciplinary exhibition „The Sound of History“ is trying to emphasize the importance of cultural and natural heritage interpretation as their symbiosis and not as separate segments. One of the main objectives of the project is showcasing the importance of the everlasting interaction between humans and nature that surrounds them by using artistic tools.

Authors of the exhibition wanted to discover the possibilities and limitations of the human senses and their perception when it comes to a learning experience. They are focused on hearing and the idea that sound can narrate a story, that way provoking us to slightly detach ourselves from the most usual visual perception of the world that surrounds us, hence of the natural and cultural heritage as well.

In August 2018, in KC Grad, Belgrade, Art Aparat organised the exhibition in the collaboration with the German organisation - Art of Danube. The scientific foundation of the event is doctoral thesis of one of the Art Aparat founders Sanja Iguman`s (defended at the University of Bergamo, Italy), which deals with the complex cultural heritage of Belgrade from the point of Belgrade confluence of Sava and Danube, which was the natural border of two great cultures - Otoman and Austro-Hungarian for centuries. The audio installation was produced by Maja Curcic, a composer and music teacher from Belgrade, and the visual segment was supported by Mina Piscevic, a graphic designer/artist from Belgrade.

The story about five century long part of Belgrade`s history was told by the use of chronological, ambient sounds, supported by the visual intervention of an artist who interacts on the map with photographs as the keywords related to the story, which were presented on the info-boards. The lecture about the confluence, its significance and the sound as a methodological tool was held after the exhibition by Dr. Dragan Bakic (researcher in the Serbian Academy of Science and Art), dr Sanja Iguman (Researcher in the Institute for the Philosophy and the Social Theory) and Maja Curcic.

The aim of this exhibition was to point out the possibilities of an interdisciplinary approach as the instrument for the interpretation of natural, cultural, material and immaterial heritage of the Belgrade Confluence. In addition, the soundscape as a concept was widely explored and applied, that way confirming the significance of including more senses in the perceiving the world that surrounds us.